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Diversity to improve among graduate law jobs?

Published: Wednesday, 11 November 2009   Category: Diversity Jobs

A new scheme is to encourage young people from all backgrounds to think about setting themselves up for a graduate job in law.

The Pathways to Law initiative, organised by the College of Law in Bristol alongside the Sutton Trust, will give advice to disadvantaged students who may think that the sector is not one they have access to.

By encouraging them to study law as a degree subject, the scheme hopes to increase the diversity of graduate job applicants in firms in the west of the country, according to the Bristol Evening Post.

Jane Oakland, a former graduate and now partner at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP, told the newspaper: "Many people … see law as a profession that is only open to the privileged few. I am therefore delighted to be supporting an organisation that is providing young people from diverse backgrounds with access to the profession."

Recent University and Colleges Union research into the diversity of UK graduates showed that London has the highest proportion of people with access to a university education.


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